Time For Children joined the Futures Group of companies in 2013. Futures Group started with Futures For Children; an independent fostering company started by two social workers, both of whom had been foster carers and one of which had been a looked after child. They wanted to offer a better service than other independent agencies and local authorities were providing… and they did just that.
Between other agencies becoming commodities bought and sold by overseas bankers and venture capitalists, and cash-strapped local authorities rushing to the cheapest options and slashing services, it can often feel like a race to the bottom in terms of quality and care. You only have to look to distressing stories of care services for the elderly to see the dangers of putting profit before people.
But Futures for Children refuses to become a penny-pinching service. We have never been bought or sold, and our founders remain at the heart of our organisation. Among our team, you’ll meet foster carers, social workers, and parents, with one of our directors even growing up in care. It is this rich and varied lived experience that gives us our unique understanding of foster families.
And it’s a testament to our commitment to providing excellent support to staff and foster families that owners of other agencies have not looked simply for the highest bidder but instead entrusted us to continue their brilliant work. Again and again, retiring owners have placed their companies into the hands of Time for Children, knowing that we will look after their carers and children.
We want for children what we all want for ourselves: to achieve our potential no matter where we come from or which challenges we meet along the way.
Maybe you’re new to fostering? Maybe you’ve experienced first-hand the takeovers and cutbacks in other agencies, but if you want to become a foster carer and to work for a company that places children and carers at the forefront of their philosophy, you are welcome to get in touch
As the original owner of Futures Group, Director of Time For Children, as a parent, a foster carer and a social worker, I look forward to meeting you.
Time for Children provides fostering placements for children and young people who will have experienced trauma in their lives, either through neglect, physical injury, emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse. We acknowledge that these young people are often overwhelmed by these events and are unable to find appropriate ways of dealing with them, which will inevitably present a wide range of behaviours.
At Time for Children we acknowledge that, along with these more challenging behaviours, every young person will also have acquired many skills and strengths which have enabled them to survive their experiences thus far. Whilst we do not believe that it is the child’s responsibility to solve the problem, it is our aim to assist them in building on these strengths and skills to find acceptable solutions to their own particular circumstances.
If you decide to become a foster carer for us we will aim to equip you with the appropriate skills and training to work with the child in such a way that it facilitates joint growth and solutions which will eventually enable young people to return home successfully, move on to a more permanent placement, or achieve independent living; whichever is in accordance with their Care Plan.
Time for Children provides, through a flexible, caring and imaginative foster care service, an opportunity for all our children and young people to become valued members of tomorrow’s society.
Looked after children represent the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. At Time for Children it is our objective to provide support and conditions in which these most vulnerable young people can thrive and achieve a positive outcome from their time spent in foster care. There is much work to be done to redress the disadvantages these children have experienced and little time to do this before they become independent young adults. For many children a positive outcome may be a return to their parents or extended family. Maintaining contact and working with genuine respect for the child’s family is crucial for keeping these options available. Other children may succeed best in long term alternative families including permanent foster care placements.
TIme for Children can provide a wide range of foster care placements and professional support services providing specific packages of care to meet the needs of individual children and young people. These services are delivered by qualified and experienced social work staff and foster carers who are valued as full members of our professional team.
Time for Children are committed to providing our foster carers with a support service that is accessible and effective. Foster Carers within the organisation can expect:
As a company built by Foster Carers, we understand what information is important to those thinking of transferring. The decision to transfer is a big one and we understand it’s one you don’t take lightly. It is not a quick decision and we completely understand that.
We have taken some time to work with our current foster carers to provide an insight into fostering with Time For Children; a real honest insight.